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Graduate Faculty Appointments


To describe the organization, privileges, and responsibilities of the various types of Graduate Faculty appointment. 

Applies to: 

Graduate Faculty

Policy Statement: 

The Graduate Faculty consists of members of the university faculty and other persons qualified by training and experience who are duly nominated and appointed. Only members of the Graduate Faculty may teach courses for graduate credit, supervise master’s programs and theses, or serve on doctoral committees.

There are four variations of Graduate Faculty, which are listed below:

This table shows the organization and privileges of the various types of Graduate Faculty appointment.

Graduate Education Privileges
Type of Graduate Faculty Appt. Employed by Type of Faculty Appt. Teach Graduate Courses Serve on Master’s & Doctoral Committees* Chair** Master’s Committees Serve as GSR on Doctoral Committees Chair Doctoral Committees Co-Chair Doctoral Committees
Regular KU Tenure-Track Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes, unless Dissertation status was discontinued
Dissertation KU Tenure-Track Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Emeritus/ Emerita - Regular KU - Retired Emeritus/ Emerita N/A Yes Yes Yes No No Yes, unless Dissertation status was discontinued
Emeritus/ Emerita - Dissertation KU - Retired Emeritus/ Emerita N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Special Member KU or its Affiliates Non-Tenure-Track Yes Yes No*** No No Yes, if a Graduate Faculty member with Dissertation status serves as chair

* The term “doctoral committee” refers to both oral comprehensive and dissertation defense committees.
** A faculty member with the appropriate status may chair a degree committee alone or co-chair a degree committee with another faculty member
*** For approved professional master’s degree programs (listed in exclusions and special circumstances), the committee may be composed as described above, or any number of the committee members may be professors of the practice in the department/program.

Exclusions or Special Circumstances: 

Graduate Studies will manage any exceptions to the policy outlined above. Requests for exceptions must be made in writing to the Dean of Graduate Studies.  They should detail the exception requested and the extraordinary circumstances that have resulted in the request.

The following master’s programs are approved to utilize professors of the practice committee composition as outlined elsewhere in this policy:

  • Master of Science in Engineering Management

Graduate Studies

Approved by: 
Senior Vice Provost of Academic Affairs
Approved on: 
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Effective on: 
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
graduate, faculty, regular, dissertation, special member, status, emeritus, emerita
Change History: 

6/3/16: Technical edits to bring policy in line with new Emeritus/Emerita Graduate Faculty policy approved by SVPAA on 2 June 2016. - Amber Roberts Graham

6/1/16: Removed outdated link from the Related Forms section. Added comments to Related Procedures outlining how to pursue Graduate Faculty appointments and status renewals. - Amber Roberts Graham

11/30/12: Updated policy approved by the Executive Council of Graduate Faculty and the Dean of Graduate Studies

3/14/08: Added to KU Policy Library by Absinthe Algaier

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